Film Poll 2014

Votes by Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
2. Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner

Best Actress

1. Essie Davis, The Babadook
2. Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
3. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

Best Supporting Actress

1. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
2. Laura Dern, Wild
3. Rene Russo, Nightcrawler

Best Supporting Actor

1. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
2. Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
3. Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Best Director

Wes Anderson,

Best Screenplay

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Documentary

Life Itself

Best First Feature

The Babadook

Best Animated Feature

The LEGO Movie

Worst Film

Legend Of Hercules

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How the Film Poll Works

This year, 85 critics from across the country voted for their favorite films, performances, and filmmakers in 13 categories. Films were awarded five points each. A film is eligible only in the year that it was first distributed in the U.S. For six of those categories (Best Film of the Year, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Undistributed Film), critics had the option to either "rank" or "unrank" their votes. For example, in the Best Film category, where ten votes are possible, a ranked ballot's #1 choice was awarded 10 points, the #2 choice nine points, etc. On ballots designated as "unranked," films were awarded five points each, and performances two points. Ties of any kind were not allowed.

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